We are in the process of hunting down Arabic cat stories, cat tales, cat anecdotes, cat poetry, The Great Cairo Cat Novel, and other feline literary productions in Arabic.
The Lebanese "Bookaholics" reading group, administered by noted bibliophile Hoda Marmar (@Biologistic) has named a "top six" books in Arabic and in English from the 125 titles they've discussed over the past six years.
"For me, the best novel published in 2015 is Mohamed Rabie's 'Otared.'" - Yasser Abdel Latif.
The best of the short stories and poetry recently translated from Arabic and published online.
Nine acclaimed Arab women writers choose favorite novels or collections by other Arab women writers.
Seven Arab authors choose eighteen favorites of 2014.
Which Arabic books in translation made the major newspapers' and magazines' "best of" lists for 2014?
Often enough, I hear from new readers that ArabLit is just "too much," and that the site lacks a good entry point for the reader who wants to know: Where do I start?
Just like last year, ArabLit asked a few acclaimed and award-winning authors for their favorite reads of 2013.
And finally, acclaimed Arab writers' favorite novels of 2012. Some can be found on the "Arabic Booker" longlist, but certainly not all. (For instance, we can wonder why Diary of an Iraqi Dog didn't make the list.) Previous days, we posted favorites in nonfiction and poetry. Inas Abbassi, Tunisian poet Jabbour Douaihy’s The Vagrant (2011) is a great novel, … Continue reading Authors’ Favorites of 2012: Fiction
Today, acclaimed Arab authors' favorite poetry collections of 2012. If you missed the favorites of nonfiction (posted yesterday) they're here. And novels: tomorrow. Yasser Abdellatif, Egyptian novelist In poetry, I liked the collection Please, God, Give Us Books to Read (2012) by Alexandrian poet Mohab Nasr. The work is dense, but not so much at the … Continue reading Authors’ Favorites of 2012: Poetry
The 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction judges have had their say; now some of our favorite authors will have theirs. Over the next few days, as the year ends, ArabLit and Egypt Independent will be running through acclaimed Arab poets, novelists, and short-story writers' favorite reads of 2012. I'm not sure of the sequencing over at EI, but … Continue reading Acclaimed Authors’ Favorites of 2012: Nonfiction